No stranger to any chart in the world, IU doesn’t need to prove herself to anyone — anything she releases is an instant hit. It’s no surprise to any of us for Eight (produced by and featuring Suga of BTS) to rank highly. That said, this number one did not, in fact, come easy this time. The gap between her and the next contender, Baekhyun of EXO, was miniscule. Take a look at the figures for yourself.
OH! CHART TOP 15: MAY 2020 / MONTH 09
IU Prod & ft. SUGA of BTS
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 203,934,380
|Album Chart: 660,826
Digital Chart: 0
Oh My Girl
|Album Chart: 0
Digital Chart: 135,959,772
Jo Jung Suk
Bolbbalgan4 ft Baekhyun
|10 (NEW)||Can’t You See Me
|11 (NEW)||Introduce Me to a Good Person
M.C THE MAX
|13 (↓)||Your Shampoo Scent in the Flowers
Jang Beom June
|15 (NEW)||I’m in Trouble
OSTs dropped just slightly on digital charts in May — just slightly, though. Jo Jung Suk‘s hit OST from highly addictive K-drama Hospital Playlist, ‘Aloha‘, is still within the top three, ranking at #2 on Gaon Digital Chart (172,604,488 points). Watch the drama, by the way. It’s worth it. Stan Bidulgi couple. Meanwhile, Queen IU scores yet another winner (203,934,380 points) with her gazillionth #1, ‘Eight‘, featuring rapper Suga of mega-popular group BTS. Rising girl group Oh My Girl rounds up the top three with their comeback ‘Nonstop‘ racking in 135,959,772 points.
Amid management’s newfound allergy to allowing members of EXO to mention their own groupmate’s name, SM Entertainment always finds time for their favourite pursuit. Capitalism. Baekhyun leads the pack, selling 660,826 copies of his solo comeback album, Delight, with title track ‘Candy‘. Fellow SM Entertainment labelmate NCT 127 and their title track ‘Punch‘ trails a little behind in second place. They’ve moved 409,620 units of NCT #127 Neo Zone: The Final Round (whew, what a mouthful!). And in third place, NCT Dream bags another 304,609 copies of Reload, featuring title track Ridin‘. To be fair, the credit of their respective success is not entirely SM Entertainment’s.
Votes are extremely close this time around. In fact, it’s the only category in May with such infinitesimal margins between the top three. Baekhyun gets the most amount of votes (13), but Oh My Girl closes the gap just a vote away with 12 votes. Apink is only a vote away, too, with 11 votes.
Such closeness in points between the top three in votes is a major reason why Baekhyun only just missed out on overtaking IU this month. IU‘s digital scores are out-of-the-world incredible, but so are Baekhyun’s album sales — they were nearly on even footing. But ultimately, IU still received quite a few votes, enough for her to edge out the competition with 11.87 points while Baekhyun earns a commendable 11.54 points. Lest we forget, of course, Oh My Girl who scores 10.32 points with their impressive digital scores and their fans closing the gap in votes between them and Baekhyun.
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OH! Chart is a monthly music charting system that is unique to the OneHallyu community and OH! Press readers. It tracks top 10 songs on Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and the top five best-selling albums on Gaon Monthly Album Chart. Thus, only data from exceptional performers will be collected for both categories. We will then aggregate the data and rank the songs based on three voting categories: Streaming and Downloads (55% of votes), Physical Sales (20%) and OH! Press Reader Votes (25%). After each full month, OH! Chart will be updated to reflect the best-selling and most-loved songs.
How the Results are Calculated
The top 10 songs from Gaon Monthly Digital Chart and title songs of the top five albums from Gaon Monthly Album Chart are selected. Only data for exceptional performers from these two charts will be counted towards their scores. Those who perform exceptionally across the board will have the advantage of scoring in all of them. For the final scores, each song’s individual data for one category is divided by the sum of that category, then multiplied by our chosen percentage (i.e. 0.20 for physical sales). The grand totals from all three categories are added together and multiplied by 100, forming the final score.
OH! CHART #1: IU reppin’ the ladies at the top
IU reigns again. After Apink’s triumphant return to the top, it’s gratifying to see another woman take the baton in their stead. Of course, we do need to give rapper and producer Suga his props. His work has come a long way from humble beginnings, and now collaborating with the biggest names in South Korean music is almost simply another day that ends with y.
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